During the early days of aviation the academies established
centres to train pilots and when the space program became possible they
took over the space program. The aim of the academy was not space in an
aqualung trailing wires.....
William S Burroughs
To put quite ordinary individuals into space at enormous expense is nothing
to the purpose. Any academy graduate could learn more about space conditions
and travel further in space after an hour of weightless silence than teams
of orbiting astronauts who do not dream in space. Space is dream. Space
is illusion. Why move a PX with all your dreary verbal preconceptions to
To travel in space you must learn to leave the old verbal garbage behind:
God talk, priest talk, mother talk, family talk, party talk, country talk.
You must learn to see what is front of you with no preconceptions.
Now contrast the possibilities opened by such academies with what we see
in the world today. Research that could be used to free the human spirit
is being monopolised by paltry intellects in the name of "national
security". What are you getting out of national security?